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20, the chair will postpone further proceedings today on motions to suspend the rules on which a recorded vote or the yeas and nays are ordered or on which the vote incurs objection under clause 6 of rule 20. the house will resume proceedings on postponed questions at a later date. for what purpose does the gentleman from california seek recognition? mr. takano: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days in which to revise and extend their remarks and to insert extraneous material on h.r. 299, as
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amended. i move that the house suspend the rules and pass h.r. 299, the blue water navy vietnam veterans act of 2019, as amended. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 299, a bill to amend title 38, united states code, to clarify presumptions relating to the exposure of certain veterans who served in the vicinity of the republic of vietnam, and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from california, mr. takano, and the gentleman from tennessee, mr. roe, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from california. mr. takano: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. takano: mr. speaker, for the second time in two years, this house has arrived at a turning point in the journey to a just v.a. compensation policy and finally, finally recognize
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u.s. navy sailors who mr. exposed to toxic herbicides during the vietnam war. congress has failed our blue water navy veterans, plain and simple. those who have advocated for and participated in the process to bring this legislation to the house floor know this history is deeply tragic. by not granting the benefits these veterans earned more than 40 years ago, these veterans and that you are survivors continue to experience immeasurable pain, death, and rief caused by the spring of 12.8 million gallons of highly toxic agent orange during the vietnam war. it was unjust then, and it is unjust now. but today, we have an opportunity to right this
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wrong. for members of congress, this fraught history comes with a responsibility to provide compensation and care for the injury agent orange exposure has caused. though the exposures occurred primarily in the 1960's, congress didn't find the resolve to act until 1991, and it left out key groups of veterans exposed to agent orange. effectively denying their suffering that was a direct result of their military service. today, we will right this wrong by including three additional categories of veterans injured by agent orange. the blue water navy veteran, the vietnam wars, veterans who served in the korean d.m.z., and children with spina bifida born to parents exposed during their service in thailand. he blue water navy -- the blue
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water navy vietnam act of 2019 is the quickest, surest way to deliver benefits to these veterans. it's the direct result of bipartisan efforts by ranking member phil roe and myself to bring this to the house floor for consideration. the 2019 version of h.r. 299 is an updated version of the act this house passed unanimously last congress. it follows the federal circuit court's decision that case that reversed v.a.'s 1990 decision to deny the presumption of agent orange exposures to veterans who served off the shores of vietnam. the decision was a huge step forward, but we need more. we need to ensure blue water navy veterans are protected in the event procopio is appealed to supreme court and overturned. that is why we have worked
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together with veteran service organizations to establish, without doubt, that blue water navy veterans are entitled to this presumption. our current proposal is very similar to the bill passed in the last congress. t includes crucial geocoordinates. let me repeat, this proposal is the quickest and clearest route to delivering benefits to those . serving veterans they have waited long enough. this bill is supported by the disabled american veterans, the vietnam veterans of america, and the paralyzed veterans of america, and many other veterans' organizations. i have two letters signed by 25 of these organizations, and i
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would ask unanimous consent that they be included in the record. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. takano: i also want to mention the efforts we made to pay for this bill so it can pass the senate this congress. mr. speaker, i would like to ask unanimous consent that the congressional budget office scores be included in the record. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. takano: now, the decision in precopio removed much of the cost issues both chambers struggled with in the last congress. because we are covering more veterans than the decision, the ranking member and i included a mechanism in the bill to cover both the mandatory and discretionary costs. as was the case with the bill that passed last congress, the pay for results from raising the current rate of the filing fee veterans pay when applying for a home loan under v.a. mortgage -- under the v.a. ortgage guarantee program.
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now, time is running out for the survivors of those veterans we already lost. it's time for congress to make our attention clear. the evidence supports granting this presumption in favor of these veterans. mr. speaker, i yield -- reserve -- i reserve -- i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from tennessee is recognized. mr. roe: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. roe: thank you, mr. speaker. today, i rise in support of .r. 299, the blue waurn navy -- blue water navy vietnam veterans act of 2019. i want to thank chairman takano for reintroducing this legislation, for working with me to get this bill to the house floor. it's no surprise that the fight
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for our blue water navy veterans -- vietnam veterans to receive their benefits they deserve is near and dear to me. last congress, i was heartened by the overwhelming support for these veterans when the house ssed h.r. 299 by a vote of 382-0. to say the least, i was very disappointed that last year's bill stalled in the senate and never made it to the president's desk. however, with 333 co-sponsors, it's my hope this legislation passes the house with the same bipartisan support as last year's package and the senate takes it up quickly. i know that's an oxymoron in the senate, but quickly. as many of you know, agent orange was used in vietnam to defoiliate areas in the jungle where soldiers would ambush our troops. when vietnam veterans began getting diseases related to agent orange, they streamlined
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benefits for affected veterans. unfortunately, the department of veterans affairs long standing practice was to limit the presumption of veterans who stepped foot on vietnam or were in waterways. blue water veterans were excluded because v.a. claimed there was not enough information to determine whether they came into contact with herbicides. as a result, blue water vietnam veterans must provide evidence they were harmed by herbicides. i understand how incredibly difficult this must be for veterans to find any records for potential exposures. i served in korea near the d.m.a. and i have no way -- d.m.z. and i have no way to prove where i walked 40-something years ago. veterans are suffering from conditions that are known to be associated with exposure to agent orange, and i believe congress must act to resolve this issue definitively.
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the recent court decision in procopio was a huge victory for our blue water navy vietnam veterans. however, it's unclear how v.a. plans to implement the court's holdings. congress should not wait for this issue to work itself out by v.a. or the courts. these veterans have waited long enough to receive acknowledgment from v.a. that their illnesses may have been caused by their military service. 523 vietnam veterans are dying each day. 523. so if the v.a. and this government ways long enough, we'll all die. we need to get this done. we must pass h.r. 299, as amended, so that our blue water navy vietnam veterans can qualify for the same benefits as their boots on the ground and brown water navy comrades. moreover, h.r. 299 not only addresses the kirns of blue water navy vietnam veterans, -- concerns of blue water navy vietnam veterans, but it would
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extend the presempings of those who were there on september 1, 1967, provide benefits to certain children of thailand veterans who were exposed to agent orange and require v.a. to identify the military bases located in thailand where agent orange was used, when it was used. mr. speaker, one of my best friends died of a very rare lymphoma who served in one of those airbases that was the parameter was sprayed with agent orange. i have -- and he died about four years ago. provide an update on current research on the potential of in-service toxic exposure of the gulf war veterans. finally, this bill would make several improvements to several home loan programs, including changing v.a.'s home appraisal system so veterans can close to their homes -- close their homes quicker and seamlessly. eliminate the conforming home loan limit to allow veterans to use their earned v.a. loan
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limit in a more extensive area. extend those to the purple heart who are still serving in active duty and increase the fees for nondisabled veterans which would offset the cost of the bill. i would not be remiss if i didn't think that veterans service -- thank veterans service organizations for that you are unwavering support for this issue. i am grateful for the disabled veterans of foreign wars, etnam veterans of america, the military order of the purple heart for their hard work on this legislation. mr. speaker, i just read a study that was published yesterday that the united states is going into vietnam and providing some benefits for some of the people there whose upspring were damaged. we're also doing megasite cleanups. we're spending millions, tens of millions of dollars to clean
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up the two major airbases where the agent orange was used. it's time we did the same thing for america's veterans here in the united states. that's the right thing to do there. it's the right thing to do here. i think i can speak for all of us today when i say that h.r. 299, as amended, does the right thing for our veterans. once again, i encourage all members to support h.r. 299, as amended, and with that, mr. speaker, i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from california is recognized. mr. takano: mr. speaker, at this time i'd like to yield three minutes to my good friend and chairwoman of the disability assistance and memorial affairs subcommittee and also a co-sponsor of h.r. 299, ms. lauria from virginia. -- mrs. luria of virginia. the speaker pro tempore: the
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gentlewoman is recognized. rs. luria: as a veteran myself this issue hits close to home, especially in coastal virginia, the district i have the honor of representing. as my first town hall after taking office, the wife of a virginia beach vietnam veteran posed a deeply personal question. she said to me, where is the blue water navy sailor bill? i have a dying vet at home from agent orange that wants this country to respond to his service during vietnam. after the town hall, i talked with her more in depth on the issue, and with tears in her eyes she asked me again for help and to make sure congress did not forget her husband's service and what he sacrificed for our country. . i speak on behalf of the blue water vietnam veterans' act so my swiments and so many others across the nation will know that
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we have not foresaken their service. i'm thankful to the house of representatives for stepping up to the plate and fulfilling our responsibility to our veterans and their service to america. and i'm proud to support their cause today. this bipartisan bill on the floor, will finally correct an injustice for veterans who are suffering and dying from conditions related to agent orange exposure and who have been unfairly denied health benefits for more than four decades. for those who may not know, blue water navy veterans served at sea during the vietnam war. court ruled that the v.a. was wrong in deny benefits to veterans who were exposed. the administration has not committed to implementing this decision. as a result the blue water
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veterans are still in limbo and congress must act to secure their benefits. i urge quick house passage of our bipartisan legislation so the senate colleagues can do the same and get it to the white house and pass it into law. thank you. mr. takano: i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california reserves. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from tennessee is recognized. mr. roe: i yield to three minutes, ranking member, mr. mike boston who led the bill bost. and i now yield to him. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. >> thank you, mr. speaker and thank you, ranking member. i rise in support of h.r. 299, the blue water navy vietnam
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veterans act. i'm a marine and member of the veterans affairs committee. caring for our veterans is a top priority for me and my staff and i know the members of this committee. they should have the peace of mind knowing they will be cared for by this grateful nation. i have had many veterans come into my office with health problems. sometimes they can't pinpoint the problem at all, but they can if he they served in vietnam. it's exposure to agent orange. we have 100,000 navy veterans who served on ships during the vietnam war and later became ill for their service due to their exposure from agent orange. unfortunately without this legislation, they do not qualify for the same benefits for the veterans who severed on the grouped. we must do better. today's legislation is a step
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forward in the right direction. this critical legislation ensures they receive benefits for any condition they may have developed as a result of exposure to agent orange. it's a bipartisan bill. and it puts our veterans first. as has been mentioned before, we passed this bill to the senate last congress. unfortunately, the senate did not and was not able to take it up. my hope and my prayer is that we pass this quickly, that it goes to the senate, if they quickly do their job, and that with that, we can get it to the president's desk, get it signed and take care of these veterans who have deserved and waited so long. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. . mr. roe:. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california. mr. takano: my good friend, congressman courtney is ununable to join us to speak in support of the blue water navy vietnam
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veterans act due a illness. he has been a steadfast advocate for the blue water navy veterans and veterans in his district. and i want to express my gratitude to him for pushing the veterans affairs committee and the house to right this wrong and ensure veterans receive the benefits they're owed. thank you, and i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from tennessee is recognized. mr. roe: i would like to yield three minutes to a new member of our committee, a dedicated . mber >> mr. speaker, i rise today as well in support of h.r. 299, blue water vietnam veterans act of 2019, an important bipartisan bill that will guarantee quality for the blue water vietnam
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veterans exposed to agent orange. agent orange was used by the .s. military to clear terrain. this chemical has been linked to prostate cancer, parkinson's diseases.d many other only veterans were entitled to the presumption of exposure to agent orange. this legislation ensures that the same automatic presumption is provided to those who serve in the territorial seas of vietnam. .r. 299 permanently fixes this by defining those who would be eligible for benefits related to agent orange. blue water navy veterans will be treated fairly and receive the benefits and care they deserve. i'm a proud co-sponsor of this important bill and will continue
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to work for the veterans to give them the care and benefits they have earned. i urge my colleagues to support this bill and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from tennessee. mr. roe: reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from california. mr. takano: at this time, i would like to pay tribute to the late congresswoman walter b. jones junior from north carolina who co-sponsored h.r. 299 at the very beginning of this congress. it saddens me that we weren't able to pass this bipartisan bill into law before his passing. as a former member of the north carolina national guard, he would be proud to know that this bill was being considered on the house floor today and that we will continue to force to get this legislation passed into law. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from tennessee is recognized.
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mr. roe: at this time, first of all, mr. chairman, i know walter's family appreciates that and he served this house, this chamber honorably for so many years and was a supporter of our nation's veterans and i know his family and i appreciate you acknowledging his service and his dedication to our veterans. at this time, i would like to yield three minutes to my good friend, lee zeldin from new york. i have been in his district and here is no better and more supporter of our veterans than mr. zeldin. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. zeldin: i thank the chairman for bringing this bill in bipartisan fashion. this is the second time that the house has taken action to pass this legislation. it is incredibly important for the senate to do their part to help make this become law. i'm looking forward to that bill signing and it is decades overdue. i rise in support of h.r. 299,
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called the blue water navy vietnam veterans act which i'm a co-sponsor expanding treatment for those affected by agent orange and not only to those who served on the grouped and blue water vets who were affected. i live in a county called suffolk and have the largest veteran population in our state. they would be able to receive benefits that they have earned. these brave service members have put their lives on the line and earned nothing less than the highest quality care. this legislation includes my bill the flexible v.a. loan guarantee act which expands veterans' opportunity for home ownership by eliminating the loan limit the v.a. can guarantee. this is critical in districts like mine. thank the ranking member and
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and mr. task cano. this is the second time this legislation is passing the house. it is incredibly important all those in the capitol and the other side do the same. i urge them to take up h.r. 299 and care for all of our nation's service members. and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from tennessee is recognized. mr. roe: i have no further speakers and am prepared to close. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. . takano: mr. mr. speaker, i want to take a moment on this historic day to recognize the effort of former veterans committee member, tim walz. he was a primary mover of this act while he was in congress. and i know this effort was very important to him. he said many times that compensating and providing care for toxic exposures is one of the greatest challenges the
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veterans committee faces, but that no veteran should ever, ever have to wait more than 40 years again. when he left, he challenged us to make sure that this pattern of denying benefits does not continue. as chairman of this committee, i will do everything to meet tim walz's challenges. i know you have a big smile on our face in the governor's mansion back in minnesota and i want you to know you have a big part in today's victory. mr. speaker, i am prepared to close. reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from tennessee is recognized. mr. roe: mr. speaker, we all know why agent orange was sprayed in vietnam. our government thought that we were protecting our troops by
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spraying this to expose the hiding places where they were being ambushed. i understand that. i understand that. air base in thailand and being attacked and i understand why it was being done. turns out it was a horrific mistake and it's costing lives now. time to do the right thing. nd the right thing with 525 of dying each day. we need to get it to the senate and i believe the chairman and i would like to challenge the senate to start hearing this and perhaps vote on it before memorial day. i think that would be the right thing to do. i also want to thank a congressman who is no longer here and mr. walz who is now the governor of minnesota. the congressman was helpful, not a day that i was on the house
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floor where he was asking me, when are we going to get the plus water navy bill passed. mr. speaker, it's time to stop talking about it and time to do something about it. and the reason it is important to not let the court decide, another court may decide that they will change what the v.a. has done. it is time to put it in the footprint of the law. in closing, mr. speaker, i want to thank the chairman. i want to thank him when he was a member of the committee when i was chairman the last congress, how hard we all worked to get this done and just so the public knows, last week, we passed 18 bills, this is one of them, out of our committee in a bipartisan way on a voice vote. congress does work. and i want to thank my staff and the majority staff for their help with this and i urge my
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colleagues to support this and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from california is recognized. mr. takano: thank you, mr. speaker. passage of this legislation is a once in a generation opportunity to right an injustice and i urge my colleagues to champion this legislation, h.r. 299 as amended, so we can finally pass it into law and get justice for these veterans. i associate myself with the challenge that my -- that the ranking member has made to the senate. i would have rather get it done by the end of the week, but i will be perfectly happy if we get blue water navy by memorial day done. and, too, want to congratulate the hard work of my staff, your staff, for working together, the solidarity that our staff had in
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getting this bill to the floor and done and tied with a ribbon and bmpompwmp was really important. so i appreciate the bipartisan spirit that not only exists between you and me and the members of our committee, it also exists in the spirit of cooperation that exists with our staff, our respective staffs. the veterans affairs committee is that corner of congress that still works and it's with great pride today that i close out these remarks and urge my colleagues to support h.r. 299 as amended. and, mr. speaker, i do yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the question is, will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 299 as amended. those in favor say aye.
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those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 being in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed. and without objection, the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. mr. takano: i do demand the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: the yeas and nays are requested. all those in favor of taking this vote by the yeas and nays will rise and remain standing until counted. a sufficient number having arisen, the yeas and nays are ordered. pursuant to clause 8, rule 20, further proceedings on this question will be postponed. .
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the speaker pro tempore: for what purpose does the gentleman from georgia, mr. johnson, seek recognition? mr. johnson: mr. speaker, i move to suspend the rules and pass h.r. 2379, as amended. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 2379, a bill to re-authorize the bulletproof vest partnership grant program. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from georgia, mr. johnson, and the gentleman from georgia, mr. collins, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentleman from georgia, mr. johnson. mr. johnson: thank you, mr. speaker. i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and and their remarks include extraneous material on the bill under consideration. the speaker pro tempore:
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without objection. mr. johnson: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. johnson: the bulletproof vest partnership grant program stands as a shining example of the public safety collaboration between congress and local governments to improve public safety and protect the officers who protect us. in the 20 years that the program has been in existence, congress has allocated funds that have enabled local law enforcement agencies to purchase more than 1.3 million bulletproof vests. through this program, thousands of officers have survived what would have otherwise been deadly shootings. without bulletproof vest -- without the bulletproof grant -- excuse me. without the bulletproof vest partnership grant program, local jurisdictions that lack the financial means to purchase vests would simply be unable to do so.
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as re-authorized under h.r. 2379, the program would give priority to small jurisdictions that apply for assistance and that meet federal support -- those that meet federal support will continue to have priority. nd often overlooked element -- an often overlooked element of the program is providing expert analysis on the quality and life expectancy of bulletproof vests, ensuring that officers who patrol our streets every day and every night wear vests that will give them the measure of safety that they deserve. importantly, the bulletproof vest partnership grant program has worked in recent years to ensure the vests that are -- that female officers are issued fit properly and provide the same protection as the vests
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that male officers are issued. with h.r. 2379, the house today takes a crucial step towards ending an uncertainty concerning the future of the program by permanently authorizing its funding as $30 million per year. it is fitting that we consider this important legislation at the start of police week, which honors those who serve and have paid the ultimate price and sacrifice in protecting our communities. since president john f. kennedy first signed the proclamation designating national peace ficers memorial day in 1962, officers and citizens assemble in our nation's capital during police week to thank law enforcement officers for their service, dedication, and their commitment. it is in that spirit that we
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seek to re-authorize the bulletproof vest partnership grant program, and it's also fitting that this bill names the program in honor of the distinguished senator from vermont, patrick leahy, who played a critical role in conceiving it and who has been a consistent champion of its continuation and now its permanent re-authorization. i thank senator leahy for his leadership, and i also would be remiss if i were not to recognize the tireless efforts of the author of h.r. 2379, my good friend, congressman bill pascrell, who has worked diligently to bring this bipartisan bill to the floor today. this is an important bill that will help protect those who put their lives on the line to protect us. i urge my colleagues to support
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it today, and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from georgia, mr. collins, is recognized. mr. collins: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise in support of h.r. 2379, a bill to re-authorize the bulletproof vest partnership grant program, and i would also like to thank mr. pascrell for his work on this and this is something that we have seen over many years and i appreciate the chairman of the subcommittee -- the chairman, my friend from georgia on the committee, for bringing this forward as well and i appreciate it. the bulletproof vest partnership grant program, created by the bulletproof vest partnership grant program act of 1998 is important and designed to provide a critical resource. e goal of the b.v.p. is to purchase armor promulgated by the department of justice. for the past 20 years we have awarded 13,000 jurisdictions a total of $467 million in
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federal funds for the purchase of over 1.3 million vests. prothe tect vest were attributable for saving lives of 23,000 -- 23 lives. body armor saves lives. bullet resistant body armors have helped those from llistic and nonballistic incidents. more than 3,100 officers have survived potentially fatal or disabled injuries because they were wearing body armor. this bill permanently re-authorizes this program. it ensures that heroes are protected. when law enforcement officers leaves home there is no guarantee they will return home. this bill will help them see their families again and that's why i am an original co-sponsor of h.r. 2379. as a is on of a georgia state
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trooper, i know what that means. and with that i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentleman from georgia, mr. johnson, is recognized. mr. johnson: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield to the gentleman, my friend from new jersey, bill pascrell, four minutes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. pascrell: thank you, mr. speaker. thank you, henry. mr. speaker, i rise in support of the brave men and women who place their lives on the line to protect our communities. they deserve every ounce of support from their government. i introduced h.r. 2379 to permanently authorize the bulletproof vest partnership grant program at $30 million every year. our bill will help struggling law enforcement agencies maintain the necessary lifesaving bulletproof vests for each of their officers.
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making this important grant program permanent is one of the most sensible policies congress can pursue. according to the government accountability office, more than 3,000 law enforcement lives have been saved by armed vests since 1987. but vests are costly. they wear out. thankfully, this federal program has ensured our nation's police officers are equipped with the latest technology to keep them safe. for the last two decades, the program has awarded more than 3,000 jurisdictions a total of $467 million, and matching federal funds to help purchase more than 1.3 million vests. mr. speaker, we know that having well-staffed, well-trained, properly equipped public safety departments is critical to ensuring our communities are safe.
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the importance of sustained federal funding on this front cannot be overstated. i'm proud the house of representatives is considering this legislation during national police week, as just was mentioned. we mourn the loss of 158 law enforcement officers of 2018 who died in the line of duty. three of whom served in new jersey. at 53, this was the deadliest year for law enforcement officers being shot. ensuring more vests are in the field, it can help reduce the statistics, is our goal. mr. speaker, i'd like to take the moment to recognize the three officers from new jersey in the while serving line of duty. first was my friend from new rsey, tammy yigen of the
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paterson police department. 13 years of service. officer yagen died in an automobile crash while on duty on april 22, 2018. lieutenant christopher rabateaux from jersey city passed away after being struck by a vehicle. robert passed away on november 26, 2018, because of 9/11-related illness. i grieve for their families, as do you, and their loved ones. i know this house does too. our nation's local, state, and federal law enforcement officers constitute both our first and last line of protection for the american people. these officers deserve our support and i'm committed to
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making sure they have the resources they need to protect the public safety. congress has renewed the program five times. most recently in 2016. the current authorization expires next year. thanks, especially, to congressman peter king of new york, always there on the firing line for our police officers on every bill, on every piece of legislation, he is there. lindsey graham, south carolina. of course, the bill's namesake, patrick leahy, senator. just one more minute? mr. johnson: i yield to the gentleman one extra minute. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. pascrell: thank you, mr. speaker. this bill has strong support from several law enforcement groups. excuse me. including national sheriff's
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association, the fraternal order of police, national association of police organizations, the international association of chiefs of police, the sergeants benevolence association, and the major county this was' association. i thank you, chairman nadler, for allowing our bill to be released. mr. speaker, i urge my colleagues to join me in strongly supporting h.r. 2379. i thank you and i yield back. thank you, mr. speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from new jersey, mr. pascrell, yields. the gentleman from georgia, mr. collins, is recognized. mr. collins: thank you, mr. speaker. and i do appreciate this time. this is a special week for me personally, because it is recognizing something that i grew up with. it recognizes something that i am that i can't get apart of who i am and i appreciate mr. pascrell, my friend from new
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jersey, for talking about this -- what this means. i'll use this term, a trooper's kid. this week means a lot, and it would mean even more when we come here if really we had more to do this week. and i say that with respect and i say that with love because this is a good bill and i urge everyone to support it and i want to. but just this past week in georgia, just as was said from new jersey, just in the past few days, in savannah, georgia, we lost another sergeant. in an incident -- he went to work and did not come home. for the past few years, i have been in this body and i have -- we have worked during police week, even beforehand, to bring up bills and bring up issues that involve our law nforcement community. i recognize and i know others in this body do as well, that on
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those mornings when they get up to go to work, the ladies and gentlemen who serve us in our law enforcement community on all levels, they are given a gift of life to go serve others. and on many days, unfortunately, the headlines will show to us they don't return home. some through violence and some we have seen this past year, ambushed in front of their police department. cruelly murdered by those and arcists who believe the police are the enemy. and sometimes fed by others who want a different version of what upholding the law means, and that's sad. and my heart breaks. because when those officers don't come home, there is a space left at the table. there is a void left in the hearts of families and
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communities. one of my earliest remembrances as my dad as a trooper, years ago, there was a trooper who had ade a stop on 129 south out of gainesville, georgia. as he made the stop, a young man who was not in his right mind came over the hill and hit him. i remember hearing about it. i was young at the time. and i remember him being taken to the hospital and i can remember my dad and other officers all going to the hospital and were giving blood and doing whatever they could. one of the first times i remember in my earliest remember pranses of watching my dad cry to a scrauny kid from north georgia, who had a dad and has a andwho is 6' 2," 250 pounds
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wore the badge of the georgia state patrol, that was and is my hero. to see him cry was something i had not experienced. to watch him love another officer and do anything is something that has impacted me today. as we move forward and we look at the things today, the only thing and i wanted to spend a few more moments on this, this is the only bill that we have dealing with law enforcement week this week. i know we are busy in the judiciary committee and we have a lot of things going on and so many other things we need to investigate that and i get that. for once, i'm honestly speaking as much as a congressman i am and a trooper's kid. 30,000 police officers will be coming to washington, d.c., to remember this week and this bill
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which is a good bill, is it. that's all we are offering. all we are discussing. in 2018, we had six bills and one rule bill. 2017, nine bill, two rule bills. 2016, eight bills including two rule bills. protect and serve, thin blue line, probation officer act. comprehensive opioid helping the officers deal in our opioid crisis. i understand we have a lot going on. but in our committee we have h.r. 816 which would ensure that law enforcement officers on college campuses are eligible for death benefits. h.r. 16 -- 816 it is named in honor of sean collier who was murdered after the attack at the boston marathon. this is to make sure their family has security.
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another bill from our committee is preventing law enforcement suicide. other bills we have pending, law enforcement to combat opioid or curb sex trafficking. most of the bills have been noncontroversial. but we didn't see to have time to mark this up this year or to bring them forward. i understand. and i'm trying my best to bring an honest concern. because when you look at these officers and i used to drive with them as i got older and i was at the see himary and i was at the gainesville police department, it never leaves you. as i came here today and i appreciate my friend from depea and we have shared things together. but this is it. our only chance to show to these
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people, instead of saying we are glad what you do and offer them help, we offer them bulletproof vests, that is the only thing we are offering right now. for those kids whose dads and moms who didn't come home this past year, just a reminder, that it's not about what we say to those officers, but also about what we do. i live each day as best i possible apply can to do as best i possibly can to the those. my mom, who i lost last june, my dad, who taught me how to grow up. how to love, how to care, taught me to serve my country in the military and serve my country here. when i come to a discussion today and i heard from new
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jersey discuss those who lost their lives in new jersey, one thing that gets me up every morning, if i have a bad day, when i hear all the discussion about officers who are bad and officers not doing it right, and i ups the discussion we need to have in our communities and come together as communities to lift each other up from the poorest to the richest communities, if there are bad ones, they have to be get out. but there are 99.9% who are doing a good job. when we talk about bulletproof vests and how we care for officers, just remember those this week, remember those who didn't come home. because, mr. speaker, except by have ce of god, i would not known my father, because when a traffic stop when i was a small child, he walked up to a
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car, he caught a glimpse of a gun laying on the shoulder of the driver. he was able to pull his gun and stood there for many months for a standoff until the gentleman threw the gun out of the car window. deprived met almost of knowing my hero. when we talk about police, when we talk about law enforcement and the other first responders and what the police were talking about today, i just hum apply believe there is more that we can do. and i look forward to working with our committee to do some more throughout this year. but on this week, it's worth pointing out that these folks stand in the line, many of them not sleeping while we sleep, and they are worth protecting. and worth more, frankly, than this one bill. i look forward to working with
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my democratic colleagues to make sure we see more can come across the floor. i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from georgia is recognized. mr. johnson: this could not be a what my emmoment than -- solemn moment that what my friend from georgia expressed about our state and local law enforcement personnel, male, female, black, white, latino, asian. this legislation is an effort to protect them and i will note that there has not been just one, but actually three deaths of law enforcement officers already this year in the state of georgia. the numbers are rough. it is very concerning and this
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is something that we can do to help protect the lives of our law enforcement officers. i know that my friend from georgia, representative collins, has a long and storied history of support for state and local law enforcement. nd i stand with him in his concern. and i stand with him in his support for this very important legislation that my friend, bill pascrell, has introduced. and i'll note that a lot of little boys and girls who first go into law enforcement, they go into local and state law enforcement. and then they are able to attain their ultimate dream, which is to become an f.b.i. agent.
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f.b.i. agents are federal law enforcement agents. they are sworn to protect and serve. they wear a gun and they wake up every morning not knowing what they will face during that day. and some have given their lives in the ultimate sacrifice for this nation. and in addition to our state and local law enforcement agents, we, today, uphold our federal law enforcement agents who work for the various federal law enforcement agencies, including the f.b.i., with its storied history of integrity. so it's not about what we say, it's about what we do. it's about what we say also, because what we say has an impact on those who serve us.
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or we cannot because of one two outliars indict the entire state or local law enforcement agency for the imperfections of e few, nor can we do so with our federal law enforcement agencies, particularly our premier law enforcement agency, the f.b.i. i support the f.b.i. i support our local and state law enforcement agencies. with that, i yield to the gentleman from illinois, , two entative visclosky minutes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. visclosky: i thank the gentleman from georgia yielding. i rise in support of this bill which will re-authorize the
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bulletproof vest program. i thank mr. pascrell and mr. king for taking the lead on this very important legislation. in 1997, i co-authored the original legislation to create the bulletproof vest program with the gentleman who originated the idea for this legislation and original co-sponsor, good friend, former colleague, frank lobiondo from the state of new jersey. been active over the last 22 years in having the act re-authorized, which is why i strongly support this bill to add permanence to it. there have been over 13,000 jurisdictions who have been helped. i represent the first congressional district in indiana. in fiscal year 20818, the bulletproof vest partnership program provided money to local
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law enforcement in northwest indiana. this assisted in the purchase of about 200 new vests for officers who are protecting our communities. mr. speaker, i stand here to reiterate my strong support for this legislation and i ask my colleagues to support it. and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from georgia, mr. collins is recognized. mr. collins: i'm almost at the end. as i'm finishing up and i appreciate the gentleman from georgia's words, but i would be remiss if i didn't share what i just got in my inbox. i just got this in my inbox. it's a letter signed by the chairman of my committee and four other members of our committee on police week. after i just talked about how we
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can do more, this is what we are doing more. as you know the house judiciary committee exercise has legislative over civil rights. these areas are intense national concern in the wake of the fatal use of force of law enforcement against unarmed police officers. in 2018, 992 people were shot and killed by police in the first two months. at least 265 people uffered the same fate. are you kidding me? we couldn't wait a week? . . look. vote for this bill. this bill's a good bill. but this shows the dedication of the majority to police week. right here. it is about what my chairman of the committee on the committee
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did. it is about what besy -- what we say and what we do. this is what we did. on the first part of police week, we send to the attorney general a discussion about people who are shot by police, many of which in no context here, of how the accidents occurred or what is happening. it's just that we need to go investigate. a four, five-page letter. vote for the bill. bill's a good bill. this is embarrassing. i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from georgia, mr. johnson, is recognized. mr. johnson: thank you, mr. speaker. i would ask how much time is left for both sides? the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from georgia, mr. johnson, has 6 1/2 minutes remaining. the gentleman from georgia, mr. collins, has 6 1/2 minutes remaining. john roberts john roberts -- mr. johnson: at this time, mr.
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speaker, i would be prepared to close. i would ask if the gentleman has any additional speakers. mr. collins: i'm ready to close. just for the record, covered by general leave, i do want this admitted to the record. the letter from the committee. and i'm ready to close. so -- mr. johnson: i'll reserve. i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from georgia, mr. collins, is recognized. mr. collins: i apologize, mr. speaker. i was out of order. but i do want to make sure this is -- the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mr. collins: thank you. again, i'll come back for to the issue. bullet froof vest bill is a good bill -- bulletproof vest bill is a good bill. we need to do more maid my point about this letter and unfortunately this is a stain on police week. and hopefully we can do better. and i know we will. i trust my friend from georgia. i trust my friend from new jersey. we can do this and we can do this better. i'm sorry that this is the way
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it's had to start. but actions do speak louder than anything else, than words. and this is an action on police week that, frankly, is unbelievable. support this underlying bill. support this bill for bulletproof vests. support our officers, not only just with words but with actions as well. i know members here on this floor are doing that. it's just a shame this had to come out with, that i yield back. -- come out. with, that i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from georgia is recognized. mr. johnson: thank you, mr. speaker. the top law enforcement individual in the country is the attorney general and our attorney general has declared war on the f.b.i. by ordering a third investigation into the origins of the mueller investigation. and this is nothing more than an attack on our own premier law enforcement agency. it's politics reduced to its
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lowest level. at the same time as police week is occurring, what does it say boys and piring girls who aspire to be f.b.i. agents, what does it say to the men and women who are currently in law enforcement and looking to move into federal law enforcement? well, it doesn't tell them to not aspire to that height. i think most look beyond the politics of the day and when they consider the legislation that is at hand, they support it without regard to political persuasion. they support the fact that h.r. 2379, introduced by my friend, bill pascrell, is a testament
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to the important role congress plays in promoting officer safety today and for decades to come. in passing this bill during police week, we acknowledge the many contributions that law enforcement officers make to public safety and we thank them for their service. we also recognize that there are challenges within law enforcement that we must weed out and that are an affront to the ideals that law enforcement officers are taught to adhere to and we must do that as well. but today it's not about that. today it's about bulletproof vests for our law enforcement officers on the state and local level. we'll make sure that our federal officers are always protected. but today it's about state and local law enforcement agents and agencies, particularly
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those that cannot afford to purchase these bulletproof vests or to keep current in terms of these vests when they wear out. they do wear out and they have to be replaced and they have to have money to do that. this bill will enable $30 million per year to be permanently authorized and i urge my colleagues to join me in supporting this bill and with that i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the question is, will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill, h.r. 2379, as amended. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 of those voting having responded in the affirmative, -- mr. johnson: mr. speaker, i request a recorded vote. the speaker pro tempore: does the gentleman request the yeas
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and nays? mr. johnson: i request the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: the yeas and nays are requested. all those in favor of taking this vote by the yeas and nays will rise and remain standing until counted. a sufficient number having arisen, the yeas and nays are ordered. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, further proceedings on this uestion will be postponed. for what purpose does the gentlewoman seek recognition? >> i move the house suspend the
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rules and pass h.r. 1594. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 1594. a bill to amend the homeland security act of 2002, to establish a process to review applications for certain grants to purchase equipment or systems that do not meet or ceed any applicable national voluntary consensus standards and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentlewoman from new mexico, mrs. torres small, and the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. joyce, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from new mexico. ms. small: thank you, mr. speaker. i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and to include extraneous material on this measure. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. ms. small: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself as much time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized. ms. small: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise today in support of h.r. 1594, the first responder
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access to innovative technologies act. our nation's first responders put their lives on the line to ensure all of us are safe. these brave women and men should have access to the equipment they need to protect lives and property around the country. one of the department of homeland security's most important missions is to help ensure the effectiveness of our nation's emergency services sector. key avenues for such support are the department's counterterrorism grant programs, the urban area security initiative, and the state homeland security grant program. unfortunately the grant guidance for these grant programs sometimes behinders first responders' ability to acquire innovative counterterrorism equipment. today each piece of equipment must meet our exceed national voluntary consensus standards. although fema will review requests to purchase equipment that does not meet consensus standards, the committee on homeland security has learned from stakeholders that the process lacks uniformity, predictability and
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transparency. the process for developing voluntary consensus standards for first responder equipment has not kept pace with the evolution of technology or the demands of first responders. h.r. 1594 would direct fema to implement a standard process for reviewing applications to purchase equipment that do not meet consensus standards or for equipment not included on fema's authorized equipment list. h.r. 1594 seeks to ensure that the safety of our first responders remains a top priority. as today's threats faced by first responders are constantly evolving, it's important that our technology evolves too. enactment of h.r. 1594 will help ensure first responders can do their job more safely and effectively. with that, i urge my colleagues to support this legislation and reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman reserves the balance of her time. the gentleman from pennsylvania is recognized.
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mr. joyce: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself as much time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. joyce: i rise today in upport of h.r. 1594, the first responders' access to innovative technologies act. with threats to our communities constantly evolving, it is reaye assuring to e-- it is reassuring to see the emergence of new technologies ready to meet the new challenges. however, emerging technology is frequently developed faster than voluntary consensus standards can be implemented. recipients of grants under fema's state homeland security grant program and urban area security initiative must procure equipment that meets these standards. this can be problematic when first responders seek to use grant funds to acquire new and innovative technology that does not meet or exceed any
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applicable national voluntary consensus standard. unfortunately if a grant recipient would like to use grant funds to purchase such equipment, fema does not maintain a uniform process for reviewing these applications. h.r. 1594 requires fema to develop such a process for reviewing these requests. this legislation also directs fema to implement a uniform process for reviewing applications to purchase equipment not included on the authorized equipment list maintained by fema. it is imperative that we listen to those in emergency services sector and help enable them to acquire the tools that they need to save american lives and keep us safe. we must empower them to acquire the equipment they need for their jobs and provide them with a uniform process to do so.
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mr. speaker, i support this bill and i support our first responders. these brave men and women run into danger as everyone else runs away from it. we owe it to them to create processes that make their jobs and their lives easier. they have our backs on our worst days. we should have their backs on this bill. i ask my colleagues to support this legislation and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentlewoman from new mexico is recognized. ms. small: i have no more speakers and i'm prepared to close after the gentleman from pennsylvania closes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from pennsylvania. mr. joyce: mr. speaker, i urge adoption of this bill and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentlewoman from new mexico is recognized. ms. small: thank you, mr. speaker. by passing this bill today, we can ensure first responders have a reliable and uniform process for acquiring
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technologies and equipment that will keep them and our communities safe. the house unanimously passed previous versions of this bill in the prior two congresses. i urge my colleagues to support me in passing this legislation today. as the gentleman from pennsylvania said, they have our backs, we should have their backs. thank you so much. and with that, i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields back the balance of her time. the question is, will the house suspend the the rule a -- rules nd pass the bill, h.r. 1594, as amended. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 of those voting having responded in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed and, without objection, the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from new mexico seek recognition? ms. small: mr. speaker, i move
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that the house suspend the rules and pass h.r. 1313 as amended. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 1313. a bill to amend the implementing recommendations of the 9/11 commission act of 2007, to clarify certain allowable uses of funds for public transportation security assistance grants and establish periods of performance where such grants -- for such grants and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentlewoman from new mexico, ms. small, and the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. joyce, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from new mexico. ms. small: thank you, mr. speaker. ask unanimous consent mrs. torres small: i ask unanimous consent that all members have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on this measure. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. ms. torres small: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized.
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ms. torres small: thank you. i rise in support of h.r. 1313, the transit security grant program flexibility act. transportation systems are vital to the economic and social lives of everyday people all around the country. the emergence of so-called homegrown domestic terrorists pose a threat to these systems and the people who use them. in response to this and other threats to our surface transportation system, congress established the transportation security program to help state and local authorities enhance the security of their system. by all accounts the transportation security grant program is making a difference. however, increasingly, we have heard that some of the aspects of this program need refinement for it to live up to its full potential. specifically, the committee on homeland security has received testimony from grant recipients that the period of performance is too short, especially when they were trying to undertake long-term security projects.
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h.r. 1313 addresses these concerns and makes the program more flexible by lengthening the period of performance for these grants. with flexibility in mind, the bill also allows for the funding in this program to be used for backfilling officers to allow for security training. finally, it mandates a report by the government accountability office on the transportation security grant program, including recommendations to improve the grant program. these commonsense fixes will increase the efficacy of the transportation security grant program to help bolster preparedness and response within our transportation system. with that, i urge my house colleagues to support this legislation and reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman reserves. the gentleman from pennsylvania is recognized. mr. joyce: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. i rise today in support of h.r. 1313. the transit security grant
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program flexibility act. the transit security grant program directly supports transportation infrastructure security activities by providing funds to owners and operators of transit systems, whether they be bus systems, ferries, or passenger rail. this grant program aims to protect and increase the resilience of critical surface transportation infrastructure and the traveling public from acts of terrorism. h.r. 1313 codifies the performance period for use of grant funds and allows additional time for large scale capital security projects. this bill also allows grant recipients to use their awards to pay for the cost of backfilling personnel, attending necessary security training. this important legislation
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introduced by my colleague on the homeland security committee, congressman pete king, will further assist in keeping our communities safe against the threat of terrorism. i support this legislation and urge my colleagues to join me in doing so. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentlewoman from new mexico is recognized. ms. torres small: i have no more speakers, i am prepared to close after the gentleman from pennsylvania closes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from pennsylvania is recognized. mr. joyce: i yield five minutes to my colleague from new york, mr. king. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. king: mr. speaker, thank you, thank you to mr. joyce for yielding. i yield myself such time as i may consume. i rise in strong support of my legislation h.r. 1313, the transit security grant program flexibility act. the transit security grant program provides needed funds to transit agencies to protect critical surface transportation
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infrastructure from acts of terrorism. with beings -- with billions of riders useding transportation annually, it should come as no surprise that surface transportation has been and continues to be a target for terrorism. we have witnessed attack oversea the metro station bombing in brussels, and the bombing of the tube in london. we saw a liquid explosive act that if successful would have killed hundreds, and soon after that there was a planned attack genks the long island rail red arried out by someone in afghanistan plotting to carry out the attack. we witnessed the port authority bombing in 2017 which the speaker is well awear of involving our city. the continuing threat from isis and other terrorist groups and lone wolf attacks, we must ensure that first responders and
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transit authorities have the tools needed to secure our transit systems. based on previous work by the subcommittee under the leadership of my good friend dan donovan, we learned of the challenges associated with the fluctuating period of performance for grant program projects, especially for completing vital large-scale capital security projects. transit security grant program flexibility act address this is challenge by codifying the period of performance for this grant program at 36 months for the majority of eligible projects. it also extends the period of performance for large scale projects to 55 months. this ensures that these major projects can be successfully completed in the allotted time. transit security grant program awards can be used to provide personnel with essential security training. however recipients of the awards are not currently permitted to use the grant program funds to pay for backfilling personnel
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attending such training which may in turn inhibit some transit agencies from sending staff to vital security training. h.r. 1313 will permit transit security program funds to be used for this purpose consistent with other homeland security grant programs. giving the evolving threat landscape, it is imperative that the transit security grant program provide flexible solutions for grant recipients. it is you have the -- it is of the utmost importance that transit agencies have the ability to enhance the protection of these soft targets and crowded places to keep everyday commuters safe. i urge all members to join in supporting h.r. 1313. i thank my staff, in particular diane, and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. the gentleman from pennsylvania is reek nizzed. mr. joyce: i have no further speakers, i am prepared to close. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from new mexico is
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recognized. ms. torres small: i reserve my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from pennsylvania is recognized. mr. joice: mr. speaker, i urge adoption of this bill and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. the gentlewoman from new mexico is recognized. ms. torres small: thank you, mr. speaker. today the transportation security grant program is a meaningful tool to help communities improve the safety of our surface infrastructure but as discussed there are areas where it could be improved. h.r. 1313 seeks to do just that. i want to thank congressman king for his bipartisan work on this legislation. before i yield back, i would like to note that this legislation is identical to a measure that the house approved last congress by a voice vote on january 31, 2017. with that, i urge my colleagues to support h.r. 1313 and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the question is, will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 1313 as amended.
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those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 being in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, and the bill is passed. without objection, the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from new mexico seek recognition? ms. torres small: i move that the house suspend the rules and pass h.r. 1437. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 1437, a bill to amend the homeland security act of 2002 to require the undersecretary for management of the department of homeland security to achieve security of sensitive assets among the components of the department of homeland security and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentlewoman from new mexico, mrs. torres small, and the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. joyce, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from new mexico.
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ms. torres small: thank you, mr. speaker. i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to rhett rith -- to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on this measure. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. ms. torres small: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized. ms. torres small: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise in support of h.r. 1437, the securing d.h.s. firearms act of 2019. this bill, authored by mr. correa of california, would require the department of homeland security to take action to safeguard sensitive assets such as firearms, badges, and immigration stamps. according to the d.h.s. office of inspector general, during a three-year period between fiscal years 2014 and 2016, the department lost track of more than 2,000 highly sensitive assets. failing to safeguard these assets puts the public at risk. this legislation, if enacted, would require the d.h.s. undersecretary for management to
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issue a department wide directive for securing firearms, immigration stamps, badges and other sensitive assets with reporting requirements for any assets that are lost or stolen. it is a commonsense measure. the house passed by voice vote a little over one year ago. i encourage this chamber to again support this legislation and help safeguard the department's most sensitive assets. and with that, i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman reserves. the gentleman from pennsylvania is recognized. mr. joyce: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. joyce: i rise in support of h.r. 1437, the securing d.h.s. firearms act of 2019. this bill makes some much-needed improvements to address the security of firearms at the department of homeland security. a d.h.s. office of inspector
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genre port from october of 2017 found that the d.h.s. and component personnel misplaced over 2,100 highly sensitive assets including 228 firearms and 1,889 badges between the fiscal years of 2014 and 2016. the statistics from the o.i.g. report and the lack of accountability for d.h.s. personnel that failed to safeguard sensitive assets is startling. d.h.s. performs a critical national security mission. it is unacceptable that d.h.s. has deficiencies in the training that personnel receive on how to properly safeguard and track sensitive assets like firearms. h.r. 1437 physical lows the recommendations made by the o.i.g. in its report and requires the undersecretary of
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management at d.h.s. to issue a directive to ensure the department and its components adequately safeguard sensitive assets. h.r. 1437 also mandates d.h.s. to revise its personnel -- personnel property asset management manual to require recurrent training and appropriate procedures to secure assets in accordance with d.h.s. directive. the securing d.h.s. firearms act of 2019 puts into place important steps to ensure that d.h. -- that d.h.s. is appropriately safeguarding sensitive assets while conducting its critical mission. this much-needed bill is identical to legislation passed in the 115th congress by a voice vote. i commend representative correa for introducing this legislation and i urge all members to join me in supporting this bill.
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i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentlewoman from new mexico is recognized. ms. torres small: i yield five minutes to the gentleman from california, mr. co-ray yasm the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. correa: i thank the gentlelady for yielding. since its cree nation 2003, the department of homeland security has grown into the nation's largest federal law enforcement agency. more than 60,000 law enforcement officers within d.h.s. are entrusted in securing our country as well as maintaining and safeguarding sensitive law enforcement equipment such as firearms, ammunition, and badges. in 2010, the d.h.s. office of inspector genre ported 289 firearms issued to d.h.s. officers lost between 2006 and 2008. by 2017 when the inspector general did a followup review,
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it found 228 firearms, 1,900 badges and 2,100 sensitive assets either lost or stolen between 2014 and 2016. ust last winter, they realized they had more ammunition than it was tracking and cnn reported on 70 cases where federal air marshals lost or misplaced their weapons including leaving irearms in airport bathrooms. four years ago a constituent from my home state of california, antonio ramos, 27 years old, was fatally shot with a ..9 millimeter pistol stolen from a d.h.s. officer -- a .9 millimeter pistol stolen from a d.h.s. officer. this is tragic and unacceptable and we can do better. the inspector general identified the absence of a department-wide directive or policy of securing sensitive
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assets as a major reason in the department's management or mismanagement of firearms and other equipment. insufficient tracking and recording mechanisms, poor oversight were also factors that were identified. this bill, securing d.h.s. firearms act, seeks to fix these issues by ensuring the department has effective controls over firearms and other sensitive assets. additionally, it requires d.h.s. to develop reporting and record keeping requirements for lost firearms and other assets that law enforcement personnel can adhere to. enactment of the securing d.h.s. firearms act of 2019 is necessary to ensure that highly sensitive assets that help d.h.s. officers protect our country, to make sure that they don't lose their firearms and
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assets or that they fall in the wrong hands. i first introduced this bill in the 115th congress where it received bipartisan support and passed this house unanimously on january 9, 2018. i urge my colleagues to once again pass this commonsense legislation and with that i yield back to the gentlelady. ms. torres small: i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady from new mexico is recognized. ms. torres small: i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves? mr. joyce: i would like to make congresswoman torres small aware that i have no further speakers and i too am prepared to close. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from new mexico is recognized. ms. torres small: i too have no more speakers and i'm prepared to close after the gentleman from pennsylvania closes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from pennsylvania. mr. joyce: mr. speaker, i urge adoption of this bill and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from new mexico.
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ms. torres small: thank you. mr. speaker, a robust and standardized policy on safeguarding d.h.s. assets and other law enforcement equipment is not just an administrative matter. it is a matter of public safety and homeland security. additionally, clear requirements on the reporting of lost equipment is just as important. official badges, immigration stamps, firearms and other sensitive assets are issued by the department to properly equip the front line personnel of d.h.s. who defend our homeland every day. we must ensure that such equipment is well protected and maintained. and not accessible to bad actors. with that, i urge passage of h.r. 1437 and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the question is, will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill, h.r. 1437. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 of those voting having responded in the affirmative, the rules are suspended and the bill is passed and, without
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objection, the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from new mexico seek recognition? ms. torres small: mr. speaker, i move that the house suspend the rules and pass h.r. 1912. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 1912. a bill to amend the homeland security act of 2002, to provide for requirements relating to documentation for major acquisition programs and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentlewoman from new mexico, ms. torres small, and the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. joyce, will each control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from new mexico. ms. torres small: thank you, mr. speaker. i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and to include extraneous material on this measure. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, so ordered. ms. torres small: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i may require. the speaker pro tempore: the
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gentlewoman is recognized. ms. torres small: thank you again, mr. speaker. i rise in support of h.r. 1912, a measure i introduced with the support of congressman dan crenshaw, to ensure the department of homeland security effectively manages its largest acquisitions, those with an estimated life cycle cost of $300 million or more. each year d.h.s. invests billions of dollars in its acquisition programs to help execute its many critical missions. however, since the department was created, d.h.s. has struggled to keep some of its largest programs on schedule and on budget. for example, the department's attempts to modernize and integrate its various financial management systems have been in the works for 15 years with little to show for its multimillion-dollar expenditures. a plan to deliver a d.h.s.-wide human resources i.t. system has faced similar delays, as has a
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decade-long attempt to consolidate the department's headquarters at the st. elizabeth campus in southeast washington, d.c. the department's acquisition management challenges have been on the government accountability office's high-risk list since 2005. g.a.o. has identified shortfalls, including acquisition programs lacking key analysis and schedules. h.r. 1912, the d.h.s. acquisition documentation integrity act of 2019, would attempt to address some of these concerns by requiring d.h.s. to maintain complete, accurate, timely and valid ocumentation for all its major acquisitions. this includes life cycle cost estimates, cost-benefit analysis and project schedules. codifying these acquisition documentation requirements, which are already embodied in d.h.s. acquisition policy, is necessary to safeguard against future cost overruns and
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scheduled delays. a previous version of this bill passed the house unanimously in the 115th congress and i urge my colleagues to pass it again today. with that, mr. speaker, i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentleman from pennsylvania is recognized. mr. joyce: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself as much time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. joyce: i rise today in support of h.r. 1912, the d.h.s. acquisition documentation integrity act of 2019. this legislation requires the department of homeland security to better document its major acquisition programs that are essential to keeping america safe. while every member of congress will agree that protecting our nation and its citizens is vitally important, we must also agree that protecting taxpayer dollars and ensuring accountability for the government agencies is also
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essential. the government accountability office assists congress in its efforts to ensure accountability by producing a report every two years that identifies areas in the federal government that are at high-risk of waste, fraud and abuse. major acquisitions by d.h.s. have consistently been identified by the g.a.o. as high risk. this legislation requires d.h.s. to improve management of its major purchases of systems, to secure the border, provide screening for travelers, protect our shores, and our other vital missions. too often d.h.s. has failed to document what these programs will cost when they will be completed, and what they will deliver. it is unacceptable to spend billions of taxpayer dollars and not document this important
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information. to address these issues, d.h.s. has updated its acquisition policy to follow corporate best practices. however, it must take additional steps to ensure its components adhere to these policies. h.r. 1912 provides important tools to ensure that these policies are being followed. it will improve visibility into d.h.s.'s major acquisition programs and promote better management of d.h.s. acquisitions of items that are expected to cost more than $300 million. under the bill, the undersecretary for management must require the relevant component or office to maintain documentation that provides validated operational requirements, a complete life cycle cost estimate, an independent verification of that cost estimate, a
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cost-benefit analysis of the program, and a complete schedule for the acquisition program. with this documentation, congress and other government watchdogs will be able to conduct necessary oversight to ensure that taxpayer dollars are being spent efficiently and effectively. this bill passed the house of representatives by voice vote in both the 114th and 115th congress. i commend representative torres small for reintroducing this language. and i urge my colleagues to support this bill. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentlewoman from new mexico is recognized. ms. torres small: i have no more speakers and i'm prepared to close after the gentleman from pennsylvania closes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from pennsylvania is recognized. mr. joyce: mr. speaker, i urge the adoption of this bill and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from new mexico is
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recognized. ms. torres small: thank you, mr. speaker. it is not enough for the department of homeland security to simply analyze the upfront costs of acquiring systems to fulfill capability gaps. the d.h.s. must also budget for the long-term operation and maintenance costs of a system. given the criticality and budget risks associated with major acquisitions, it is critical that requirements be created, alternatives be considered, a cost estimate be completed and a schedule be developed. it falls to us, the congress, to ensure that the department has reliable acquisition documentation in place. enactment of h.r. 1912 will ensure that d.h.s. does its homework and is a good steward of taxpayer dollars. with that, i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the question is, will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill, h.r. 1912.
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those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 of those voting having responded in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed and, without objection, the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from new mexico seek recognition? ms. torres small: mr. speaker, i move that the house suspend he rules and pass h.r. 1892. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 1892. a bill to amend the homeland security act of 2002, to make technical corrections to the requirement that the secretary of homeland security submit quadrennial homeland security reviews, and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentlewoman from new mexico, ms. torres small, and the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. joyce, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from new mexico. ms. torres small: thank you, mr. speaker. i ask unanimous consent that
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all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and to include extraneous material on this measure. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. ms. torres small: mr. speaker, i rise in support of h.r. 1892, the quadrennial homeland security review technical corrections act, and i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognize -- is recognized. ms. torres small: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise in support of h.r. 1892, the quadrennial homeland security review technical corrections act. this bill, authored by mrs. watson coleman of new jersey, will ensure that the quadrennial homeland security review or qhsr is a driving vision for the department of homeland security. given the importance of d.h.s.'s mission, it is vital that the department continually review its policy positions so that they, with congress' help, can continue to stay ahead of the constantly changing threatsing our country -- threats facing our country. by enacting this legislation,
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congress can see that d.h.s. carries out its long overdue third qhsr and stays focused on the mission. with, that i reserve the balance of my time. -- with that, i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman reserves the balance of her time. the gentleman from pennsylvania is recognized. mr. joyce: mr. speaker, i yield myself as much time as i may consume. i rise in strong support of h.r. 1892, the quadrennial homeland security review technical corrections act of 2019. in the implementing recommendations of the 9/11 commission act of 2007, congress required the -- to develop the department of homeland security to conduct a security review every four years. as the threat to the united states -- threats to the united states change and evolve, it's more important than ever for d.h.s. to produce a robust strategy to protect the
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american public. the quadrennial homeland security review or qhsr is intended to outline d.h.s.'s strategic outlook and its plan to successfully carry out its mission to protect our homeland. thus far d.h.s. has produced two qhsr's since the requirement was established. ne in 2010 and we are awaiting the release of the latest qhsr which is behind schedule. the department has reviewed both reports and made recommendations to improve its efforts for future quadrenall reviews. in its 2016 review of the most recent qhsr, the g.a.o. made several recommendations to strengthen qhsr process, which are the basis of this legislation.
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h.r. 1892 requires d.h.s. to perform a risk assessment to shape the direction and the focus of qhsr. second, the department will be required to collect and maintain communications related to the qhsr to allow for better congressional oversight. finally, d.h.s. would be required to enhance its stake holder engagement throughout the engagement and development of qhsr. the result of these changes would be a more robust strategy that provides a road map for d.h.s. to address future threats as they emerge and allows congress to better execute its oversight responsibilities. this language passed the house with wide support last congress but unfortunately, it was not taken up by the senate. i continue to believe that this is an important piece of legislation and i thank the
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gentlelady from new jersey, mrs. watson coleman, for reintroducing it. i urge all members to join me in supporting this commonsense bill. i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentlewoman from new mexico is recognized. ms. torres small: i yield five minutes to the gentlewoman from new jersey, mrs. watson coleman. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized. mrs. watson coleman: thank you, mr. speaker, i thank the gentlelady for yielding. the department of homeland security's mission is complex and diverse. not only are they charged with preventing terrorism but it is the lead federal agency for emergency management, sign security and border, maritime and transportation security. given the breadth of their responsibilities, it is essential that its limited resources be aligned with its mission to meet the ever-challenging threat landscape. as touch the quadrenall homeland security review or qhsr, which
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d.h.s. is mandated to carry out every four years is critical to ensuring that the department is positioned to effectively carry out its multifaceted mission. to date, d.h.s. has issued three such reviews, as we have heard. unfortunately, the department's third is 16 months overdue. this legislation seeks to make refinements to the law to address weaknesses identified by the government accountability office in the prior two reviews. g.a.o., for example, emphasized that documentation of the review process is essential to ensuring the repeatability of the review process. accordingly, h.r. 1892 requires that d.h.s. retain and when requested provide to congress certain documentation related to qhsr. h.r. 1892 also seeks to ensure
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more robust consultation with homeland security stake holders, including states and local governments and academic institutions. and h.r. 1892 ensures that d.h.s. undertakes and documents a risk analysis to inform its policy position. this house unanimously approve this is measure in both the 115th and 114th congresses. however, the senate has indeed failed to act on the bill on both occasions. enactment of this bill will help chart a thoughtful path on how to align its resources with its mission and make the nation more secure. with that, i urge passage of h.r. 1892 and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman yields. the gentlewoman from new mexico is recognized. ms. torres small: i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. joyce: i would like to make
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mrs. torres small aware i have no further speakers. ms. torres small: i have no more speakers and am prepared to close after the gentleman from pennsylvania closes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from pennsylvania is recognized. mr. joyce: mr. speaker, i urge adoption of this bill and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. the gentlewoman from new mexico is recognized. ms. torres small: this legislation would see that the department of homeland security remains focused on its primary mission. it's important that the department complete to this review so it in partnership with congress can continue to evolve with the threats that face our homeland. i would also add that this measure passed the house last congress by a vote of 415-0. and i would hope my colleagues would do the same today. finally, i urge d.h.s. to deliver the long overdue 2018 qhsr to congress. with that, mr. speaker, i urge passage of h.r. 1892 and yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the
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question is, will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 1892. those in favor say aye. pez pose. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 being in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed, and without objection the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. ms. torres small: i ask for the yeas and nays. the speaker pro tempore: the yeas and nays are requested. those in favor of taking the vote by the yeas and nays will rise and remain standing until counted. a sufficient number having risen, the yeas and nays are ordered. pursuant to clause 8 of rule 20, further proceedings on this uestion will be postponed. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from new mexico seek recognition? ms. torres small: mr. speaker, i move that the house suspend the rules and pass h.r. 2066. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 2066 a bill to
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amend the homeland security act of 2002 to establish the intelligence rotational assignment program in the department of homeland security and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentlewoman from new mexico, mrs. torres small, and the gentleman from pennsylvania, mr. joyce, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from new mexico. ms. torres small: thank you, mr. speaker. i ask unanimous consent that all members have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on this somebody. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. mrs. torres smat -- ms. torres small: i yeeled myself such time as i may consume. almost 18 years ago americans were horry -- horrified by the devastating september 11 attacks. while the perpetrators sought to bring us to our knees, we emerged more determined. in the years since the attack, moves to share intelligence have
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been redoubled. the d.h.s. intelligence rotational assignment program act continues in the same veen by providing d.h.s. employees with the opportunity to complete a rotational assignment within d.h.s.'s intelligence and analysis division. by establishing this program, ficers and analysts across d.h.s. that have a passion for keeping our nation secure would be provided the opportunity to develop and broaden their intelligence. organizations with such programs find they yield benefits far beyond what the individuals who participate learn. as the threat landscape continues to rapidly change, ensuring that those charged with keeping us safe have ample opportunities to enhance their analytical skills must remain a priority. with that, i urge my house colleagues to support this bipartisan legislation and reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from pennsylvania is recognized. mr. joyce: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield myself such time as i
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may consume. i rise in support of h.r. 2066, the d.h.s. intelligence rotational assignment program act of 2019. i want to commend the gentleman from wisconsin, congressman gallagher, for introducing this legislation. the goal of h.r. 2066 is to establish a robust rotation program for intelligence analysis across the department of homeland security. as a former intelligence officer, representative gallagher certainly understands the value of a robust interagency intelligence cooperation. this legislation addresses specific shortfalls within the department of homeland security where the different component intelligence offices do not reliably coordinate and analysts from -- analysts from one agency are rarely detailed to another. this bill was originally introduced last congress and
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received overwhelming bipartisan support. i urge my colleagues to support the bill and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentlewoman from new mexico is recognized. ms. torres small: i have no more speakers and i am prepared to close after the gentleman from pennsylvania closes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from pennsylvania is recognized. mr. joyce: thank you, mr. speaker. establishing a rotation program for intelligence analysts from individual d.h.s. component intelligence offices is essential for building a robust d.h.s. intelligence enterprise. i applaud congressman gallagher for his work on this issue and i want to thank chairman compson -- thompson and ranking member mike rogers for bringing this bill to the floor. i urge support for the measure and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. the gentlewoman from new mexico is recognized. ms. torres small: thank you, mr. speaker. mr. speaker, last year, h.r. 2066 passed the house of
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representatives under the suspension of the rules. authorizing this program will help to improve the effectiveness of d.h.s.'s intelligence analysis operations for years to come. as such, i encourage my colleagues to support h.r. 2066 and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the question is, will the house suspend the rules and pass h.r. 2066. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 being in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed, and without objection the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. -- on the table.
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>> i move to suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 2578, the national flood insurance program extension act of 2019. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 2578 a bill to re-authorize the national flood insurance program and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from california, ms. waters, and the gentleman from north carolina, mr. mchenry, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from california. ms. waters sprk thank you, mr. speaker. i ask unanimous consent that all members have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks on this legislation and to insert extraneous materials thereon. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. ms. waters: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized. ms. waters: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise in support of my bill, h.r. 2578, the national flood
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insurance program extension act of 2019. since the national flood insurance program multiyear authorization expired on september 30, 2017, ideological differences have led congress to pass 10 short-term extensions and even allowed the program to briefly lapse twice during government shutdowns. unfortunately, the national flood insurance program is currently set to expire may 31. my bill, which i have co-authored with ranking member mchenry, would extend the program to september 30, because we recognize that the nfip is critical to ensuring access to flood insurance coverage across this country. and this extension will afford the ranking member and i time to complete our work on a long-term, bipartisan compromise. mr. speaker, the nfip is much
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more than just an insurance program. the nfip plays an important role in disaster preparedness and resiliency by providing flood maps, setting standards for floodplain management, and investing in mitigation for our homes, businesses, and infrastructure. according to the federal emergency management agency, everyone is at risk of flooding. that means that this is not just a coastal issue. we all have an interest in ensuring a strong national floot insurance program. we need a long-term re-authorization to provide certainty to homeowners and businesses and we also need critical reforms to the program. first and foremost, we must do more to address unaffordable premium costs for low income households, across the program's debt which is unfairly burdening policyholders with millions of dollars in interest and lower costs and fees on policyholders.
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secondly, we need to invest more heavily in mapping, floodplain management, and mitt fwation which will save taxpayer dollars in the long run by helping reduce the damage that occurs when floods hit. finally, superstorm sandy exposed numerous issues related to claims processing including findings of outright fraud. going forward, we must work to ensure that we have safeguards in place and mechanisms for greater accountability and oversight to ensure that claims are handled fairly and efficiently to provide relief for policyholders. mr. speaker, passing h.r. 2578 is not just a stopgap measure to kick the can down the road. i have every confidence that with this extension, democrats and republicans will finally break the cycle of haphazard extensions. i intend to work in a bipartisan man we are mr. mchenry to provide a long-term
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re-authorization to restore stability and confidence in the market. thoughtful, bipartisan process, congress can provide real relief to families, communities, and businesses. i urge the adoption of the bill and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from north carolina is recognized. mr. mchenry: i yield myself such time as i may consume. i rise in support of h.r. 2578 to enact a short-term extension of the national flood insurance program. this program has over five million policy holders, but it is a fraud program that is in need of a customer-based set of reforms. flooding is the most common destructive of the natural disasters we face. i'm confident in saying what worked in the johnson administration doesn't really
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work this year. in 2019. the financial services committee has held numerous hearings on this matter, hearings from dozens and dozens of witnesses including consumers, local communities and insurance industries. that therea suggests is great need for reforms. reforms that include better data, increased, transparency and better technology. moreover, the n fmp inch pmp owes more $20 million in debt. this is a major issue. despite the fact that last congress, $16 billion of that will debt was canceled. it is a program in need of systemic reforms. so, what kind of flood insurance program do we want to have? insurance program is equipped with the tools it needs to pay
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claims and incentivize mitigation and reduce our nation's flood risk or should the n fmp inch pmp distribute benefits as needed and requiring annual appropriations as flood risks grow. i hope members of this house will choose to support important reforms to modernize an outdated program. there are reasonable steps we can take to reform and innovate in a bipartisan fashion. strengthening the nmp fip and giving them 21st century options to match their expectations should be our outcome. private insurance, better mapping data and are just few of the tools readily available for modernizing the n fmp ip. at the same time, we must consider how we can use risk sharing to lower the burdens and
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the cost savings who are qualified, capable and willing to manage it off the backs of the taxpayers and distribute it to those who are willing to take that risk. building a resilient are goals that will benefit all consumers and the american people. but, these are longer term goals which we can only aspire by passing this short-term extension today. i'm grateful for chairwoman waters engaging in reaching out to committee republicans to work ut this measure to give us space and time so we can have the bipartisan reforms i think we can come to terms on later this year. but i want to thank her for agreeing to sit down with me as the ranking republican on the
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committee. and get to work over the next few weeks to really collaborate on a full re-authorization bill that addresses her concerns, my concerns, committee democrat and republican concerns and the needs of the public. i think we can come to that conclusion. i think we can bring a bipartisan bill to the floor. and i appreciate the chairwoman waters has had that appropriate outreach to committee republicans. that is a hopeful sign for our opportunity to legislate this congress. the american people deserve an effective and efficient flood insurance program they can rely on. by working together in a bipartisan way, this congress can ensure that that continues to happen and i'm sure we can meet that expectation. with that, i would reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. -t the gentlewoman from california is recognized.
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ms. waters: thank you very much, mr. speaker. i would inquire through the chair if my colleague has any remaining speakers? mr. mchenry: no further speakers on the republican side. i'm prepared to yield back my time if that's the case. ms. waters: i have no further speakers and am prepared to close. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from north carolina is recognized. mr. mchenry: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. mchenry: i would encourage my colleagues to support this short-term extension with the hope and the goal of us bringing a bipartisan bill back before the house that can get wide support of this chamber. mr. speaker, i would also commend the engagement of chairwoman waters on this matter and a number of other matters where we have worked in a bipartisan way and i'm hopeful and my expectation we will work on this matter over the coming
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weeks. i ask my colleagues to vote yes on this bill and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: swrabt. the gentlewoman from california is recognized. ms. waters: i yield myself the balance of the time. i'm proud to stand with the millions of families across the country who rely on national flood insurance program by offering h.r. 25878 here today. my bill would provide continuity for the nfip without which these families would be lift unprotected in the face of increasing flood risk. once more, without the nfip the stability of the housing market would be put at risk. we offer this bill today not as a permanent solution but as a step towards a broader plan that will re-authorize the program for the long-term and make reforms to ensure continued affordability and fairness in
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flood insurance. i'm pleased for coming together of myself and mr. mchenry to present a bipartisan bill on behalf of all of our citizens and i urge my colleagues to support h.r. 2578 and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 2578. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 being in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed. and without objection, the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. fro what purpose the gentlewoman from california seek recognition? ms. waters: mr. speaker, i move that the house suspend the rules d pass the bill h.r. 389 the
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cleptockcrasi asset recovery reward act. the clerk: a bill to authorize the secretary of the treasury to pay rewards under a rewards program to recover stolen assets linked to crummings and hidden behind the united states and abroad. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentlewoman from california, ms. waters, and the gentleman from ohio, mr. stivers each will control 20 minutes. ms. waters: i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and extend their remarks on this legislation and to insert extraneous material thereon. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. ms. waters: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized.
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ms. waters: this is authored by representative lynch and budd will help the united states government identify and recover assets. the act does this through a treasury-based rewards program that incentivizes individuals to notify the u.s. government of the noiks of stolen assets that are linked to foreign government corruption. these may be bank accounts and luxury items such as mansions, jewelry, jet planes and artwork. we work hard to find these stolen as its. since 2010, the united states has sought to freeze, forfeit and recover more than $3.2 billion linked to foreign corruption to be returned to the victims of these financial crimes. there are several recent
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examples of corrupt foreign funds making their way to the united states. 1mdb tibillion dollar scandal did he flaweded the people of malaysia. the united states has identified $1.7 billion proceeds of that crime which went to purchase a yacht, paintings and real estate. in fact, the government to return $5 million of recovered stolen funds to malaysia following a settlement over the rights of the 2013, the wolf of wall street which was financed using corrupt funds. similarly, the united states has yet to recover over $30 million from the sale of real state of a ferrari and rare music member ra
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bill yeah. and his son, with corrupt funds. h.r. 389 would direct the treasury to pay whistleblowers rewards from the recovered assets, who helped to uncover assets like this. encouraging whistleblowers would to recover.ople i want to thank mr. lynch and mr. budd for introducing this bill to help the u.s. punish. r these reasons, i urge my colleagues to support this. i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from ohio is recognized. mr. stivers: i yield myself such time as i may consume. i rise in support of h.r. 389 the cleptock contrasty awards
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act and i thank the gentleman from massachusetts, mr. lynch as well as the gentleman from north carolina, mr. budd, for their important work on this bipartisan legislation. h.r. 389 would authorize the treasury department to offer rewards for information leading to the recovery of assets stolen through foreign government corruption. in the past, the united states has focused on fighting such corruption with traditional tools such as sanctions, technical assistance and oversight. but the bill gives treasury an additional tool to expose corrupt foreign officials. i would like to thank my colleagues across the aisle and chairwoman waters for her hard work on this bill in allowing us to work together in a bipartisan fashion to refine this legislation as it made its way to the floor. one piece of the bill that has gotten better that i think could
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still use an additional tweak is the bill does not allow anyone to receive a payment if they are part of the corrupt activity, but it does not require treasury to fully investigate every potential claimant to make sure that they are not. so while that's gotten better. there is better language in the bill. hopefully this can continue to be perfected as we move forward. i support the bill, but i do think that provision could get better. the minority can make several proposals to strengthen the bill that was seated by the majority. i'm grateful for the gentleman from massachusetts for partnering with us and the gentleman from north carolina for their hard work. i look forward tore voting on h.r. 389 and i urge my colleagues to support it and i reserve.
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the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentlewoman from california is recognized. ms. waters: i yield to mr. lynch, the sponsor of this legislation and a member of the financial services committee such time as he may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. lynch: i thank the gentlelady for her leadership on this committee and on this issue and for yielding me this time. the opportunity we have here today to present the clep to be si-i asset recovery -- cleptocracy asset recovery act, i want to thank the gentleman, mr. budd, and the gentleman from tennessee, mr. cohen, who has contributed to -- and co-sponsoring this legislation.
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foreign dictators where independent judiciaries are rare and the rule of law is often weak is not a new problem but unfortunately it's a growing problem. it's now estimated that more lost to rillion is ribes and corruption a year. further llitity -- stabilizing the institution where is this corruption occurs. often in developing countries who can least afford it. this undermines the local rule of law and contributes to the regional insecurity, instability in neighboring countries. governmentes that are weakened by corruption have fewer resources to provide basic services to establish stable business climate and create jobs. fewer resources
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to combat exploitation by terrorists and criminal organizations. it is a sad fact that today much of this stolen money ends up here in bank accounts right here in the united states. h.r. 389 fights back against the spreading influence of this corruption. act will notify law enforcement and authorities of assets stolen from foreign treasuries and illegally transferred to the united tates. now, i appreciate the gentleman's concerns about making sure that bad actors don't participate in this incentive program. this replicates the incentives that have been utilized by the united states department of justice and the f.b.i. for decades.
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o help take down drug cartels. while the united states has programs to curb criminal behavior, none of other programs currently has been designed to take aim at recovering stolen assets linked to foreign government kleptocracy. kleptocracy, by foreign leaders, can drain the hope and faith of struggling peoples around the globe who strive for social justice and equal rights. this bill recognizes the foreign corruption takes many forms and that foreign corruption by individuals who come forward to expose corruption, those individuals do so at great personal peril to themselves and to their families so as transnational criminal enterprises persist and terrorists adapt to different mechanisms that we use, we must provide law enforcement with fresh tools to address these emerging threats.
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h.r. 389 does exactly that. i want to thank, again, madam chair, for your cooperation, your leadership. i thank my colleagues on the other side, especially mr. budd, for his work on this bill as well. i thank my colleagues on both sides of the aisle for working with me on this legislation. i urge a yes vote, and i yield back the balance of my time. the gentleman yields. the gentlewoman from california is recognized. ms. waters: thank you very much, mr. speaker. i'd inquire through the chair if my colleague has any remaining speakers on his side. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from ohio is recognized. mr. stivers: i have no additional speakers if the gentlelady is prepared to close. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from ohio is recognized. mr. stivers: thank you. house bill 389 will give the treasury an additional tool to fight corrupt foreign governments. there's been a lot of work dun
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on this bill. it's a good bill. and i urge my colleagues to support it and i yield back the alance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields. the gentlewoman from california is recognized. ms. waters: i yield myself the balance of the time. i'm proud that mr. lynch and mr. budd have presented this bipartisan bill to the house. we must not allow the united states financial system to be a haven for stolen assets that rightly belong to others. by incentivizing individuals to come forward with information about where these stolen assets are hidden, we help ensure the security of our financial system and can help send back recovered assets to where they belong. i would urge my colleagues to join me in supporting this important piece of legislation and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the question is will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 389, as amended. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair,
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2/3 having responded in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed, and without objection the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from california seek recognition? ms. waters: mr. speaker, i move the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 1060, building up independent lives and dreams, or build act, as amended. the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: h.r. 1060, a bill to provide regulatory relief to charitable organizations that provide housing assistance, and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentlewoman from california, ms. waters, and the gentleman from ohio, mr. stivers, each will control 20 minutes. the chair recognizes the gentlewoman from california. ms. waters: mr. speaker, i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days to revise and on this ir remarks legislation and to insert extraneous material thereon.
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the speaker pro tempore: without objection. ms. waters: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman is recognized. ms. waters: mr. speaker, i rise to support h.r. 1060, the build act, which is bipartisan legislation authored by representatives loudermilk and sherman, that will allow nonprofit organizations, like habitat for humanity, offering mortgage loans for charitable purposes to use alternative forms to satisfy this -- disclosure requirements. specifically, this bill would allowed modified nonprofits, which are eligible for tax-exempt charitable donations, to have the option to use the truth in lending, good faith estimate, and h.u.d. 1 forms instead of trid forms equired by tila, respa integrated disclosure rules.
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they must do so when they offer a 0% loan. financial institutions that make five or fewer mortgage loans a year are allowed to use these alternative disclosure forms, including h.u.d. 1 form instead of the trid form. this bill simply extends this flexibility to eligible nonprofit charities in very limited circumstances even if they make more than five mortgage loans a year. passing this bipartisan legislation will help nonprofits do their important work in helping families in our communities build and improve places to call home. for example, the vast majority of more than 1,200 local habitat organizations in all 50 states are small community-based organizations with very small mortgage portfolios and a few, if any, full-time staff and rely on volume untears for much of their operations. the build act will help
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charities, like habitat, help families get a home of their own but still ensures the material terms and costs of mortgage loans are clearly disclosed to the borrower. so i thank representatives loudermilk and sherman for their work on this bill and i urge my colleagues to support h.r. 1060, the build act. thank you, mr. speaker, and i eserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman reserves. the gentleman from ohio is recognized. mr. stivers: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. stivers: thank you, mr. speaker. i rise in support of h.r. 1060, the build act. this bipartisan legislation addresses an unintended consequence of the no before you owe disclosure rule, better known as trid. the build act is a straightforward legislation and it allows bonafide nonprofits making zero percent interest loans to use whichever truth in
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lending form they feel is better. they can use the truth in lending good faith estimate and the h.u.d.-1 forms instead of the trid forms, or they can use the trid forms. organizations making five or fewer mortgages are exempt using the trid forms. this extends to charities making zero percent interest loans, regardless how many loans they make a year. the costs and complexities have left charities like habitat for humanity, struggling to make mortgages. these nonprofits have limited resources. in fact, the 1200 community-based affiliates have little or no full-time staff. despite their size, these organizations play a pivotal role in our communities. today, the house will play a small part in helping them continue to serve our communities. i want to thank my colleagues, the gentleman from georgia, mr. loudermilk, and the gentleman from california, mr. sherman.
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they've worked together diligently on this legislation for several years and should be commended for their efforts. i want to thank the chairwoman, ms. waters from california, for her efforts on this. i urge this legislation to be supported, and i reserve the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves. the gentlewoman from california is recognized. ms. waters: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield to mr. sherman, the gentleman from california, a senior member of the financial services committee and lead co-sponsor of this bill, such time as he may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. sherman: i thank the chairwoman for yielding time. mr. speaker, i want to thank my colleague from georgia, mr. loudermilk. it's been a pleasure working with him on this bill, the building up independent lives and dreams, or build act. he's worked hard to get this over the goal line and has worked in a collaborative and
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bipartisan process. we've heard from a number of habitat for humanity chapters across the nation who make more than five loans a year and are having difficulty complying th the mandatory tila, respa integrated form. they feel they have additional costs and complexities, even when they dealt with the old forms. this bill addresses those concerns. he bill allows a bona fide nonprofit that makes zero interest rate loans, like habitat for humanity, the flexibility in deciding which disclosure forms to use. they can either use the relatively new tila-respa integrated disclosure form or use the three previously required forms, the truth in lending form, the goode faith
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estimate form and -- the good faith estimate form and the h.u.d.-1 form. this is supported by the national housing conference. it's a narrow tweak to make sure nonprofits offering zero percent interest loans can focus on helping people get housing rather than focus on reprogramming their system to deal with the new tee la -- the new tila-respa form. this bill passed our committee 53-0 last year, passed this house by voice vote last year. it went over to the senate where the senate did what it all too frequently does, which is nothing. i look forward to giving the senate another opportunity by sending this bill back to them since it has not only overwhelming but unanimous support here in the house of
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representatives. i urge my colleagues to vote yes on this bill and i yield back the balance of my time. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. the gentlewoman from california is recognized. ms. waters: -- the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman from ohio is recognized. mr. stivers: thank you, mr. speaker. i yield to the gentleman from georgia, mr. loudermilk, as much time as he may consume, and he's not only an air force veteran but his wife came up with the acronym for this bill so i yield as much time as he may consume to mr. loudermilk. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. loudermilk: thank you, mr. speaker. i want to thank mr. stivers for yielding time in support of my bill but giving the creative one in my family the recognition for the acronym that goes with this legislation. as has been stated, mr. speaker, my bill is the building up independent lives and dreams act, which is also known as the build act. first, i'd like to thank my colleagues on both sides of the aisle who've worked with me to
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make this a strong bipartisan effort. i appreciate the gentleman from california, mr. sherman, for co-sponsoring this bill and his work with our staffs working together to make this is bill as perfected as we can. also thank chairwoman waters and the ranking member mchenry for recommending this bill to come to the floor for a vote. i also thank the gentlelady from new york, ms. velazquez, for her support and co-sponsorship of this important legislation. certain regulations were placing burdens that would provide low-cost savings. and they had a problem complying with these regulations which were dwiped for large mortgage leapeders. taking resources of
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providing affordable housing. the problem is that the dd-frank act required to the disclosure forms into one form called tr inch d. while the disclosure was to ensure that they received information about the cost of their home loans, the consequences of this approach significantly impacted nonprofit organizations such as habitat for humanity. he tmp r inch d rule is nearly 2,000 pages long and includes disclosure forms. while these types of loans may be applicable they are not real vapt to the nonprofits. it has confused for home buyers and staffs to these organizations. the new tr inch d disclosures were to be completed by
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software. the software applications are o costly for habitat affiliates. the vast majority of more than 1,200 habitat groups are small with very small mortgage portfolios and few, if any, have full-time staff. these organizations have experienced challenges with the costs and come plentionity of the disclosure forms. to provide regulatory reform act it still ensures that the terms of these mortgage loans are did disclosed. those who make five or fewer are exempted ap allowed to use the simpler loans. the build act extends the same exemption to nonprofits which are eligible to charitable donations and making
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zero-interest mortgage loans. e build act will allow local nonprofits whether to use these simpler forms or the t rmp inch d forms. the purpose of this bill is to help charitable organizations still more time fulfilling their mission which is providing low-cost housing and less time sitting in an office. the bill recognizes that one size does not fit all, especially when it comes to regulating these charts and gives them the flexibility which mortgages fits best for them. as my colleague has brought up, this bill passed the financial services committee and the house last congress and i hope we can repeat that again today here in a few moments. and i urge my colleagues to join me in support of this important bill and i yield back.
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the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from ohio is recognized. mr. stivers: i have no more speakers and am prepared to close if the madam chair is prepared to close. i would close by saying that the gentleman from georgia and the gentleman from california have worked very hard on a bill that passed our committee unanimously that helps nonprofits accomplish their mission of building capacity in housing and i would urge adoption and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlewoman from california is recognized. ms. waters: i yield myself the balance of the time. mr. speaker, i just want to reate rate my thanks to the members of our committee, representatives loudermilk and sherman to craft legislation that would help nonprofit organizations like habitat for humanity have flexibility on
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which disclosure forms on which they provide a zero mortgage loan. so i urge my colleagues to support h.r. 1060, the build act and i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the question is, will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 1060 as amended. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no. in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 being in the affirmative, the rules are suspended, the bill is passed and without objection, the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. for what purpose does the gentlewoman from california seek recognition? water water -- ms. waters: i move the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 1037 the banking transparency the sanctions persons act of 2019. you the speaker pro tempore: the clerk will report the title of the bill. the clerk: a bill to increase transparency with respect to
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financial services benefiting state sponsors of terrorism and corrupt officials and for other purposes. the speaker pro tempore: pursuant to the rule, the gentlewoman from california, ms. waters and the gentleman from ohio, mr. stivers, each will control 20 minutes, the chair wecknieses the gentlewoman from california. ms. waters: i ask unanimous consent that all members may have five legislative days in which to revise and extend their remarks on this legislation and to insert extraneous material thereon. the speaker pro tempore: without objection. without objection. ms. waters: i yield myself such time as i may consume. mr. speaker, i rise in support of h.r. 1037 the banking transparency for sanctioned persons act. this legislation requires the secretary of treasury to report to congress every six months a list of the licenses that it issues to financial institutions
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to provide services to countries and persons subject to certain u.s. sanctions. it also provides congress with tower about foreign financial firms that similarly provide support to those same countries and persons. i support this bill because i believe its disclosure requirementments will serve as a useful oversight tool for congress. today when the ofa crmp issue a license to accompany them to depage in an activity that otherwise would be prohibited by u.s. sanctions, it does not disclose those licenses. i support the bill's other reporting requirements related to financial firms. this list can provide a useful basis for congress to review the administration's overall
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restrictionsimpose on these institutions. when a nearly identical version of this bill was considered by the financial services committee last congress, i supported the bill's disclosure requirementments but i thought it would be counterproductive to have the information revealed publicly. it caped sensitive information and its companies could no longer expect licenses to remain private and less likely to apply for them. i didn't think the public identification of these foreign financial firms would serve a useful purpose and move legal activity into a shade of gray. for these reasons, a democratic amendment was adopted in committee by voice vote to allow for congress to review the list
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confidence tale. i believe h.r. 1037 which includes this critical change from last congress would increase congressional oversight of u.s. sanctions' activity appropriately and i urge my colleagues to support it. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentlelady reserves. the gentleman from ohio is recognized. mr. stivers: i yield myself such time as i may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. mr. stivers: i want to express my strong support for h.r. 1037 banking transparency for sanctions persons act. it includes important provisions to strengthen our national security and passed last year. i'm pleased to see this legislation come to the floor, the gentleman from virginia, mr. riggleman. he has already made significant
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contributions to the committee's work and his leadership on this bill is a case in point. the gentleman's legislation would require the treasury department to provide congress with the copy of licenses that authorized financial services for state sponsors of terrorism. these licenses are essentially waiverers that sanctions law require congressional notification when issued licenses can fall through the cracks. some licenses may be desirable such as allowing humanitarian relief in order to better advance our policy goals. congress may have legitimate goals to carry out transactions with u.s. persons including our country's financial institutions. this bill ensures that copping knows whether a license has been issued which will allow us to have better oversight of the
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sanctions program. in addition, this bill requires treasury to send congress semi-annual reports to show which foreign financial institutions are providing support for sanctioned terrorists, corrupt officials and human rights abusers. these bad users are cut off from american banks, we should know they are evading our measures. if congress isn't made aware, we can work to close those loopholes. unanimous support, these policies have garnered policies. congressman rigell han has devoted to protecting our national security and his work on this bill deserves our support, h.r. 1037. i urge my colleagues to support this measure and i reserve. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman reserves the balance of his time. the gentlewoman from california will be recognized.
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ms. waters: mr. speaker, i would inquire through the chair if my colleague has any speakers on his side? mr. stivers: i have one speaker. the speaker pro tempore: the chair recognizes the gentleman from ohio. stiffersstiffers i would like to recognize the sponsor of the bill, mr. riggleman, for as much time as he may consume. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman is recognized. . rigell: i -- the banking transparency for i like to thank many ms. waters and ranking member mchenry to bring this to the house floor. and i thank my colleague for co-sponsoring this legislation. this bill requires the department of treasury to report on financial services to a state
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sponsor of terrorism. this is a commonsense reporting requirement that will assist congress in its oversight functions against state sponsors of terrorism, human rights abusers and other bat actors. this legislation is simple yet essential. it requires the secretary of the treasury to submit to congress a report with such information, first, a list of the licenses to financial institutions to provide to persons subjects to certain u.s. sanctions. this would include state sponsors of terrorism, iran, north korea or syria. treasury would have to provide a list of foreign banks that conducted transactions for people that they will ensure that sanctions are being applied across the board. the information in these reports
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will inform congress about how states, and individuals engage in transactions. the increased transparency will understand the sanctions. how foreign countries are undermining human rights atrocities, we can adjust our policies. finally, this bill will taylor secondary sanctions as well as better to determine how those sanctions will be designed and what the unintended consequences might be. this tool will be could help congress understand samplingses. this bill unanimously passed the house in the 115th congress and i invite my colleagues to join me today and pass h.r. 1037. i yield the balance of my time.
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the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentleman from ohio. mr. stivers: i would urge adoption of this bipartisan bill that passed unanimously in committee and in the house last year. i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back the balance of his time. the gentlewoman from california is recognized. ms. waters: i yield myself the balance of the time. h.r. 1037, the banking transparency for sanctioned persons act of 2018 will help ensure that members of congress have the information they need to provide more effective oversight of the decisions made by treasury and the impact that those decisions have on sampingsed persons. i thank mr. riggleman for bringing this bill forward and i urge my colleagues to join me in supporting this important piece of legislation. and i yield back. ism the question is, will the house suspend the rules and pass the bill h.r. 1037. those in favor say aye. those opposed, no.
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in the opinion of the chair, 2/3 being in the affirmative -- the rules are suspended and the bill is passed and wobes, the motion to reconsider is laid on the table. . . pursuant to clause 12-a of rule 1, the chair declares the
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